Down the Garden Path, Zilker Botanical Garden

Fall 2013 Issue—

President's Message

Container Gardening: Thinking Outside the Pot

American Begonia Society/Southwest Region Convention

First Austin African Violet Society Hosts 2013 National African Violet Society of America Convention

American Iris Society Annual Meeting Honors Austin Members

21st Annual Texas Bamboo Festival

Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Fall 2013 Show and Sale

Iris Society of Austin Plant Sale

Master Gardener's "Drought Tolerant Plants in Your Landscape"

Zilker Botanical Garden Open House

Events at a Glance

The Zilker Gift Shop

Walk of Friends

President's Message

The Austin Area Garden Center has been sharing the joy of gardening since 1955. How did it all get started? Andrew J. Zilker bought land in the area in the early 1900s. His nickname was Col. Zilker, but he wasn't really a colonel.

Taniguchi Japanese GardenIn 1917, he donated Barton Springs and surrounding acreage to the Austin school district to sell to the city, which in turn paid for a $100,000 school endowment with the proceeds. This trust continues to provide funding for the school-to-work program.

The land became Zilker Park. Features of Zilker Park included a small zoo, riding stables and a reptile farm that sold rattlesnake sandwiches. You're probably wondering what all this has to do with the Austin Area Garden Center. I'm getting there...

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Container Gardening: Thinking Outside the Pot

A container garden can be as simple as a single pot of flowers, or as complex a world as you wish to create. As with any garden, though, it is about planning before planting. There are a few things to consider that I have found work well for me.

Mostly it is just common sense!

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American Begonia Society/Southwest Region Convention


Was held May 29-June 1, 2013 in Austin

"Everyone Had a Great Time 'Deep in the Heart of Texas' Thank You! Austin Area Begonia Society, Speakers and Donors for providing an outstanding 2013 ABS/SWR Convention!"   

This message forms the back page of the Begonia Leaflet published by the American Begonia Society/Southwest Region. Many attendees also had some of the kindest words to say about this convention.  Begonia Society Plant Show

  • The tours were excellent...

  • The magnificent Plant Show had 117 entries and 16 exhibitors...

  • The plant sale was orderly, amazing, and full of treasures...

Mike Flaherty served as Master of Ceremonies during the Awards Banquet with tables decorated with begonias and tiny Texas boots and red, white. and blue stars. Mike is humorous, charming, and informative especially when he compared the Austin landmarks to those in California.

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First Austin African Violet Society Hosts
2013 National African Violet Society of America Convention

Was Held May, 26 - June 2, 2013 in Austin


Penny Smith-Kerker is still smiling!

First African Violet Society of America Convention

The First Austin African Violet Society hosted the2013 National African Violet Society of America Convention at the Renaissance Austin Hotel from May 26 - June 2, 2013.

 

With over 330 people registered for the convention and over 1000 entries in the judged flower show, it was a very successful convention.

 

The local Convention Chair was Penny Smith-Kerker. Thanks for all your efforts Penny!

Penny Smith-Kerker is still smiling!
  Penny Smith-Kerker is still Smiling!

Visit the Austin First African Violet Society at: www.faavs.org/.

 

American Iris Society Annual Meeting Honors Austin Members

Was Held August 10th in Ft. Worth

Don and Pat Freeman received a beautiful framed certificate of recognition for showing the most blue ribbon irises from Texas hybridizers during the spring shows. Jim Landers, historian for American Iris Society Region 17, presented the award during the Annual Meeting Banquet held in the Radisson Hotel in Fort Worth on August 10.
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21st Annual Texas Bamboo Festival

Pseudosasa japonicaSaturday, August 31, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 1, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The 21st Annual Texas Bamboo Festival will be held at Zilker Botanical Garden on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, 2013.

There will be plants and crafts for sale, a live and a silent Auction, along with featured Exhibitors, Vendors, and Guest Lecturers. Come talk with experts and local growers.

Admission to the Festival is Free with paid admission to ZBG!
[Zilker Garden Admissions: $1 Seniors (age 62+) – $2 Adults – $1 Children (3-12)]

Visit the bamboo festival website at www.bamboocentral.net/festival21.html


Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Fall 2013 Show and Sale

Saturday and Sunday, August 31 - September 1
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

The show offers visitors a chance to see rare and beautiful cacti and succulent species from around the world. Vendors from Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico will sell native and exotic cacti and succulents, and hand-made pottery at reasonable prices. There will be a daily silent auction and hourly plant raffle of rare and collectible cacti and succulents.

Educational information, literature, and expert advice will be available. The show is free with a paid admission to Zilker Botanical Gardens. Come and bring a friend!

[Zilker Garden Admissions: $1 Seniors (age 62+) – $2 Adults – $1 Children (3-12)]

Visit the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society website for details: www.austincss.com/member/ShowSale.html

Iris Society of Austin Plant Sale

Saturday, September 7, at 9:00 am
Norris Conference Center
2525 W Anderson Lane, Building 3
Austin, 78757

The Iris Society of Austin is excited about bringing new iris rhizomes to the public during their sale Saturday, September 7, at 9 A.M. at the Norris Conference Center. Members from Austin will be present in the room during the sale to provide growing tips, to explain how to plant the rhizomes, and to answer any questions...

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Master Gardener's "Drought Tolerant Plants in Your Landscape"

Thursday, September 12, 2013, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Travis County AgriLife Extension Office
1600-B Smith Road Austin, TX, 78721

Bob Beyer, Travis County Master Gardener, will address the challenges of gardening in the extreme temperatures and drought conditions which frequent Central Texas. Learn how low water use plants can make a big impact in your landscape. Hear recommendations on native and adapted plants which embrace the local environment.

Must register at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty or by phone: 979-845-2604. Class is limited to 40 people. $10 fee, $15 at site.

See additional educational event information at http://www.tcmastergardeners.org

Zilker Botanical Garden Open House

Zilker Botanical Garden Open HouseSaturday, Sept. 21, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

What's the best place to learn about Central Texas gardening? Zilker Botanical Garden!

Austin Area Garden Council's 30 member garden clubs give numerous programs every month, most of which are free and open to the public.

Some of this year's topics include rainwater harvesting, composting and growing earth kind roses.

If you have questions such as how do I care for my orchid, how do I prune this bonsai, or what is eating my plant, you can find help at the Zilker Botanical Garden Open House.

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events at a glance

Saturday, Aug 31 and Sunday, Sept 1, 10am to 5pm
The Austin Cactus and Succulent Society's Fall 2013 Show and Sale

Saturday, Sept 7
A special screening of The Lorax

Saturday, Sept 7, at 9am
Iris Society of Austin Plant Sale
(not at Zilker)

Thursday, Sept 12, 10am-12pm
Master Gardeners' "Drought Tolerant Plants in Your Landscape"
(not at Zilker)

Saturday, Sept 14, 10am-6pm
Sunday, Sept 15, 10am-5pm
21st Annual Texas Bamboo Festival

Sunday, Sept 15, 12 to 4 pm
Afternoon in the Garden

Saturday, Sept. 21, 10am - 1pm
Zilker Botanical Garden Open House

Oct 4-6
ZBG CLOSED - Austin City Limits Festival

Oct 11-13
ZBG CLOSED - Austin City Limits Festival

Saturday, Oct 19, 1-4:30pm
Sunday, Oct 20, 1-4pm
Violet Crown Garden Club Show

Sunday, Oct 20, 12 to 4 pm
Afternoon in the Garden

Sunday, Nov 3
DST Ends, ZBG hours 7am-5:30pm

Sunday, Nov 3, 12 to 4 pm
Afternoon in the Garden

Nov 9, 10:30am-4:30pm
Porcelain Arts Show & Sale

Sunday, Nov 17, 12 to 4 pm
Afternoon in the Garden

Nov 18 - Jan 4
Holiday Tree Display in Greene Room

Nov 28
ZBG CLOSED - Thanksgiving

Sunday, Dec 1, 12 to 4 pm
Afternoon in the Garden

Sunday, Dec 15, 12 to 4 pm
Afternoon in the Garden

Dec 24- 25
ZBG CLOSED

See the full calendar>>

The Zilker Gift Shop

Chrysalis Gift Shop[ collage

Where can a visitor purchase post cards, cookbooks, jewelry, puzzles, Gatorade, framed prints, and unique gifts?

Chrysalis Gift Shop[ collage
The Chrysalis Gift Shop

Drive to Zilker Botanical Garden and shop at The Chrysalis Gift Shop, where your shopping experience will be satisfied with such great gifts as Remarkable Plants of Texas, The Garden Guide, Food by Design from the Violet Crown Garden Club, New Braunfels Garden Club Cookbook, books about Trees, Butterflies, Snakes, or Dragonflies.

Then there are cool towels, shopping bags that can be stuffed inside themselves to form a ball that can be attached to a purse, tee shirts, very special Austin gifts for the person who has everything, beautiful jewelry, night lights of nature, boxes that look like flowers.

Bring your birthday child along and let him shop for himself in the children's section for wooden snakes, dinosaurs, puzzles, books, cardinals that sing their song, or perhaps he will purchase a framed nature print for his room. It is all there and some of the items are fashioned here in Austin by Austin artists.


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Walk of Friends

Walk of FriendsDONATE A BRICK TODAY! Order forms are available at the Garden Center or can be downloaded from the web site at: www.zilkergarden.org, click on Support and then Walk of Friends.

It's easy! Select the size of brick you would like, choose your message and return the form with your payment. For more information, contact Sandra Holt at 512-345-3164, or visit www.zilkergarden.org/support/friends.html
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KLRU's Central Texas Gardener

This weekly gardening show is a rich source of information for Austin and Central Texas gardeners. Check out their weekly show schedule for topics & air times, the "To Do List" for monthly gardening tasks, and much more...

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